(1994) Green Day - Longview
LSD inspired musical genius has not been limited to the ’60s. Case in point – Green Day and their memorable ’90s hit Longview off their 1994 breakout lp ‘Dookie’.
Love that bass line? Well here’s how it came down. It seems band member Mike Dirnt was fiddling with his bass when he decided to drop some acid. When singer Billie Joe Armstrong came upon his mate, he found him lying against a wall with his bass lying in his lap, playing a driving, thudding bass line.
Dirnt would tell Rolling Stone that “I was frying on acid so hard.“ But what came out of the Lysergic mind bath was the landmark intro to the band’s ode to boredom Longview. Once the acid wore off Dirnt would recall having a hard time playing the lick: ”It seemed to make more sense when I was on drugs.” Collectively the band made it work and the song ended up earning a Grammy and countless new Green Day fans.Source